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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FIRES ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES After she said the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s executive order on immigration. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice” by refusing to defend the executive order. You can read the full text of Yates’ letter, which says she was not “convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.” Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was named as acting attorney general. And here’s a clip of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general nominee, warning Yates during her confirmation that she’d have to say no to the president. [HuffPost]
IRAN EXECUTES MISSILE TEST “Iran conducted its first missile test since President Trump took office, American and Israeli officials said Monday, posing an early test of whether the Trump administration will make good on its promises to strictly enforce all aspects of the Iranian nuclear deal and a side agreement on missile testing.” [NYT]
BARACK OBAMA WEIGHED IN ON TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION BAN MONDAY AFTERNOON The former president said in a statement that he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith.” [HuffPost]
MAN MISTAKEN AS QUEBEC SHOOTER WAS ATTEMPTING TO SAVE HIS FRIEND’S LIFE Police have cleared Mohamed Belkhadir of suspicion after he ran back into the mosque to administer first aid and was mistaken as a suspect. Alexandre Bissonnette, a French-Canadian university student, is the sole suspect in the deadly shooting. [HuffPost]
FIRST PHOTOS OF AMAZON CORAL REEF ARE STUNNINGLY BITTERSWEET Oil companies had previously obtained drilling rights to the area before the reef, which may have a signature marine biome, was discovered. [HuffPost]
IKEA IS RECALLING THIS BEACH CHAIR Because of its fingertip amputation hazards. Small things, you know? [HuffPost]
GEORGE H.W. BUSH HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL We hope he continues to feel better! [Reuters]
‘WHY HOLLYWOOD AS WE KNOW IT IS OVER’ From live-streaming to plummeting theater attendance, here’s what’s next for the movie business. [Vanity Fair]
FACEBOOK WANTS BACK INTO CHINA But hasn’t made any “visible headway.” [WSJ | Paywall]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Boy Scouts to allow transgender children who identify as boys to join.
~ This dying teenager had one last wish: to taser someone.
~ Tired of watching the news? Check out these dystopian titles that are Orwellian in their own right.
~ This is it for the “Doctor Who” Peter Capaldi era.
~ The ten actors to look out for after Sundance.
~ Here’s why shrimp turns pink when you cook it (science is a wonder, you know?).
~ The pursuit of the rural college student.
~ Sony takes $962 million goodwill loss for its movie pictures unit.
~ Are you predicting the “Last Jedi” twist for the upcoming “Star Wars” film?
~ Besides the acting categories, four out of five of the Oscar nominees are men.
~ Samantha Bee is hosting an “alt-White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”
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Source: Huffington Post Politics